Question: Was A Movie Ever Shot In Lynnfield?

This week, a reader wrote in asking for a hand remembering the name of a film that had parts filmed in Lynnfield back around the early 1990s. Does that ring a bell at all out there?

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Earlier this week, a reader named Stephen sent an email asking about a movie that was apparently shot in or around Lynnfield. In the email, Stephen said that he thinks the movie was shot in the early 1990s and that the only two scenes he can recall involved a motorcycle driving down Main Street and a shot outside (Pentabs?) in the rain.

Personally, I do not recall ever hearing about a movie shot in Lynnfield, and a check with the Mass. Film Office website finds no mention of a film ever shot in town either.

That said, it's a pretty interesting question so it's worth putting out there to see if we're missing something.

For the record, Lynnfield has popped up once or twice in the world of film, although very indirectly at best. Some locals may know that in the 2007 Western 3:10 to Yuma, Christian Bale mentioned in passing that he was from a place back East called Lynnfield. The movie was a remake of the 1957 film by the same name starring Glenn Ford, and I've never seen any mention of Lynnfield with that version, for what it's worth.

Also, as noted in this Lynnfield Patch article from last year, the 1936 comedy "Theodora Goes Wild" took place in a little New England community called Lynnfield that was scandalized by the racy (for that time of course) novel that she had anonymously penned.

So with that - does anybody know anything about a movie ever being filmed in the town? Also - if you know some other cinematic references to Lynnfield, please feel free to mention them below in the comments box!

Tom Maglio October 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM
I remember the motorcycle movie as well. Pentabs was turned into a diner and the rain came from huge water jets suspended from cranes overhead. the Fire department pump the water out of the pond... I think the movie was named American Dream... Lynnfield was mentioned in the 2003 movie Mystic River when actors Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Bacon responded to a road rage incident on the Tobin Bridge.
Reid Lavoie October 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM
The Motorcycle movie may have been "Race for Glory," the movie from 1989. Club Video, the Pre-Netflix VHS rental center, had labled movies that related to Lynnfield, and this movie may be they movie that was filmed in Lynnfield.
ROBERTA NELSON October 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Christine Reardon October 22, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Lynnfield was also mentioned in th film version of 'Little Women' with Winona Ryder. They mention that some lace, or fabric was made (or from ) Lynnfield.
William Laforme October 22, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Thanks for the note Christine - I didn't know that. So it looks like we have Lynnfield mentioned in three or four movies over the years. Now we just need somebody to write a good screenplay that takes place in Lynnfield.


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